By Benjamin Omoike
LAGOS State Operations Coordinating Unit, LASOCU, has captured 129,568 Poor and Vulnerable Households, PVHHs, and 485,791 poorest of the poor individuals in the National Social Register, NSR.
The figures were, however, taken from a 2019 survey.
This was highlighted at the launch of data collation for the poor and vulnerable in four Local Governments and 12 LCDAs.
Officers in 63 Community-Based Targeting Teams, CBTT, were trained for the collation.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs. Abiola Ligali, said the training would foster social cohesion, bridge the rich/poor gap by encouraging transfers to the poorest of the poor in the society.
According to her, the figure, which was added to the NSR, was generated in five months, taking the state from its 34th position to 12th on the national ladder board.
Mrs. Ligali, who was represented by Aderemi Olajide (Assistant Director/Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary), said the training followed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s approval for extension of the Social Register for PVHHs to Ikorodu, Ajeromi, Mainland and Alimosho councils, and 12 LCDAs.
On the list are Ikorodu North; Ikorodu West; Igbogbo; Ijede and Imota (for the Ikorodu Division); Ifelodun LCDA (Ajeromi Division); Yaba LCDA (Lagos Mainland) and Ipaja-Ayobo, Egbe-Idimu, Agbado-Oke-Odo and Mosan Okunola (Alimosho Division).
She urged the trainees to ensure the data were community-driven, as the register would be submitted to the Federal Government for incorporation into the NSR.